My First Spiral Rose and Miniature Envelope – Thank You Card

So here I was on Memorial Weekend playing around in my craft room and getting stuck on how to embellish a card from Cricut’s “Just Because Cards”. The card design I chose to work with features a ladybug and a phrase called Cute As a Bug (key 25), but I wasn’t happy with the choice of papers I used for the card base so it took me in a completely different direction. Since I had chosen to use Colorbok’s Rosewood patterned paper, I just couldn’t envision a cutesy phrase and ladybug being incorporated. The paper has a vintage feel so I wanted to play up on the femininity of the paper. Side note – I got the Rosewood paper pad from Wal-mart for only $5.00.

My Leap Into Spiral Roses

I’ve noticed on Pinterest that spiral roses are becoming quite popular on cards, so of course I had to try my hand at it to see if I could even do it. I thought the general concept of cutting a spiral out of paper would be easy but I found myself looking for tutorials after I messed up a couple of sheets of paper! Thankfully, I found this lovely blog called Kay’s Kreative Korner that kept me from pulling my hair out. Thank you Kay for the lovely tutorial. I found your instructions to be more helpful than some other sites I visited. I used a pencil to get me started in rolling the pink spiral and then finished rolling it by hand. I followed Kay’s tip on inking the edges so I used brown ink and a sponge dauber. I think it helps add some shadows, allowing for the spiral layers to be more noticeable. I then adhered the finished flower together using Zip 2 Way Glue.

So now I had my finished spiral rose and I decided to add a large pearl in the center to help hide my flower’s lacking center! Then I realized that my card needed something else so I cut some leaves using my Mother’s Day Bouquet cartridge in various sizes (1 inch, 1 & 1/4 inches, and 1 & 1/2 inches). This helped embellish the rose but I had a lot of white space on the front of the card and I knew I needed a sentiment and something else that would go with the vintage feel.

“Miniature” Inspiration

Inspired by thoughts of Scarlett at Blue Purple and Scarlett, I made a tiny envelope to slip a literal Thank You note inside! Scarlett’s blog features adorable miniature stationery sets complete with a miniature folder to hold the tiny envelopes and note paper! She created several designs and each has a unique feel to it based on the style. If you check out her site, you will be inspired!

To make my miniature envelope, I used my Wild Card cartridge and used the Scallop envelope (key 1) cut at 1 & 1/2 inches. I also cut the corresponding envelope liner at 1 & 1/2 inches. When the envelope is closed it measures 1 & 1/2 by 2 & 1/8 inches and when open it’s 2 & 3/4 by 2 & 1/8 inches. It’s so tiny and cute! I used a small piece of cream cardstock for the little note and used a “Thank You” rub-on for the sentiment. I then trimmed the note to fit the width of the envelope (just so it can be tucked all the way inside if desired). The note isn’t adhered, allowing for more fun at moving it around 🙂 ). I inked the edges with brown ink to age it a bit and stuck it into the envelope at an angle so the sentiment can be read. The envelope is raised up with foam dimensionals.

For the inside of the card, I adhered another mat layer of Colorbok’s Rosewood paper and trimmed some roses out of the remaining 12×12 sheet. I inked the edges of the rose image to add some dimension against the mat. I tied a pink bow around the middle of the card to complete it. I like the journal feel of the inside of the card. There’s plenty of room for someone to write a handwritten message, adding to the vintage design as well. Before computers and store-bought cards (I’m thinking Victorian and earlier eras), people corresponded with handwritten letters and would bundle them together with twine or ribbon for safe keeping. And instead of blogging, they wrote their thoughts into well-worn journals. I miss that tactile notion of putting pen to paper and this card makes me smile thinking about those romantic, older times.

Thanks for looking!



18 thoughts on “My First Spiral Rose and Miniature Envelope – Thank You Card

  1. This card is so beautiful Vanessa. It can be frustrating when something isnt going in the direction we want but sometimes those are the ones I end up loving the most! Happy accidents : )

    • Thank you so much for stopping by and for the lovely comment! I hope you’re well and I plan on stopping by your blog next to catch up on what I’ve missed! Life has gotten busy and I want to catch up with my blogging friends! 🙂 Take care! ~Vanessa

  2. This turned out so lovely, it has the perfect vintag-ey feel and that paper has to be the prettiest ever. Guess who’s going to Wal-Mart today? 🙂 It’s gorgeous! You know I love that little envelope with the ‘thank-you’ peeking out. I’m not sure cards get much better than this! Thanks so much for thinking of me, have a happy Memorial Day, Vanessa!

    • Thank you so much Scarlett! I’m tickled you saw the post! Thanks for the lovely comment! The little envelope finished off the card perfectly and went so well with the paper. Thank you for the inspiration! Colorbok’s line at Wal-mart is such a great deal because you get 50 sheets of paper for $5.00. I bought another patterned pad called “French Prep” for $5.00 as well. It has French-inspired designs in creams, light blues, and browns. These would make nice papers for masculine cards for Father’s Day. I hope you and your family have a lovely Memorial Day! Take care! ~Vanessa

  3. What a beautiful card! I love the envelope and thank you note on the front. Your rose is lovely, too. Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Vanessa! Hope you’ve been well! Thanks for checking out my card! I appreciate your lovely feedback too! 🙂 I’m off to check out your blog as I have been missing in action a bit lately! 🙂 Have a wonderful Memorial Day! ~Vanessa

  4. Hi Vanessa…your card came out beautiful as well as that spiral rose! Am loving the pearl center you gave it. Thank you so much for your kind words in regards to my blog. This is why I do tutorials–am always hoping to inspire or help out other fellow crafters.

    Once again…beautiful work–that little envelope on the cover is so very creative!



    • Hi Kay! I’m so happy you stopped by and checked out my first spiral rose! Thanks again for your awesome tutorial and for the lovely comment! I plan to keep visiting your site for more tips! You have a wonderful and very helpful blog! ~Vanessa

  5. Gorgeous vintage card Vanessa!!! I love roses and these are just beautiful. What a great idea to add the mini envelope with the note in the front. Looks fantastic!!! Have a wonderful day!!! ~Sophia

    • Hi Sophia! So great to see you! Thanks for stopping by and for the wonderful comment! This card was not my favorite at first until I learned how to make the rose and added the little envelope. This creation was truly inspired by other lovely crafters such as yourself! I’m so happy that fellow crafters share their talents so that we can all learn and enjoy doing what we do! Hope you have a wonderful week! ~Vanessa

    • Hi Arin! I usually try and reply to every comment and didn’t see this until today! 🙂 Thanks for the lovely comment! Kay’s tutorial really clicked for me and the more I practice, the easier it gets. I have to learn to not be afraid of the paper, if that makes sense! 🙂 ~Vanessa

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